ANTI-RACISM WORKING GROUP

Interested in becoming more involved in SPR’s anti-racism efforts?

Join the Anti-Racism Working Group 

The ARWG is seeking new members. Bound by a common goal to dismantle systemic racism, this group aims to create change through self-reflection, open dialogue about race, relationship building, and mission-driven actions. Those involved should be deeply committed to racial justice, prayerful, collaborative, and empathetic. Members must commit to monthly meetings; attend a 2.5 day anti-racism training; facilitate at least one parish-wide activity; and promote anti-racism efforts within the church and broader community.   

Those interested should fill out THIS APPLICATION FORM; please read the ARWG mission and vision and respond to four brief questions. Or pick up a paper copy in the Narthex and return it to the main office. Please apply by September 3. The current ARWG will review the applications and invite the new members no later than the end of September. Questions? Email antiracism@sprchicago.org.


Join a group of committed volunteers

Still want to get involved but can’t commit to the ARWG? Join a team of volunteers who will help with a variety of anti-racism initiatives at SPR. Sign up below. Email antiracism@sprchicago.org with any questions.

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Upcoming Anti-Racism Training with CROAR

Chicago ROAR and the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago will partner to offer their next 2.5-day anti-racism training from Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19, at the nearby Catholic Theological Union (5401 S. Cornell). This training is encouraged for all SPR members, especially ministry leaders. C-ROAR trainings fill up early, so register now to secure a spot. Use code EDOC for a discounted rate of $105. Professional development/continuing education credits are available. Click here to sign up.

 

 

PAST PROGRAMS:

Screening of the movie THE MAYOR’S RACE | October 7

On Sunday, October 7, at 1 pm, SPR's Anti-Racism Working Group hosted a screening and discussion of the documentary, The Mayor's Race, as part of the (In)Justice for All Film Festival (injusticeforallff.com). Back for its 5th year, Trinity UCC and The Next Movement's (In)Justice for All Film Festival hosted engaging, life-changing feature films, shorts and music videos.

Facilitator Training: Pathway to Reconciliation | August 25

The Pathway to Reconciliation is a congregational study guide of the Legacy of Slavery Taskforce Report sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s Anti-Racism Commission.  Facilitators were trained in using the study guide to lead your congregation’s work to generate informative, meaningful, faithful and redemptive transformations on the Pathway to Reconciliation.

Lenten Small Groups | March 2018

A four week deeper dive into Drew G.I. Hart's book, Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, using guides developed by members of the Anti-Racism Working Group. Parishioners engaged in meaningful-often challenging-conversations about how we can be the people and parish God calls us to be.

Becoming Beloved Community @ SPR | Jan-Feb 2018

SPR's Anti-Racism Working Group hosts a three part series to celebrate Dr King's vision and to shape our faith-driven commitment to racial justice utilizing the Episcopal Church's Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document as a guide.

Race and Church: A Reading Group | Feb 2017

Discussion of Drew G.I. Hart's excellent book, Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism at three Adult Formations

Black Lives Matter

St. Paul & the Redeemer stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We believe police violence against people of color, though a complex issue, is anchored in the racism in which the U.S. has always been rooted. God is calling us, in this moment, to work against racism in all its forms, from overt hatred to the more insidious ways it corrupts cultural, political, and religious institutions. 

Past Events

  • Black Lives Matter Vigil (Dec 2014) After a grand jury did not indict Officer Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the people of SPR gathered for an evening of song and prayer, and for black leaders in our parish to share their experiences of when their lives did not matter.

  • Our Stories (Feb 2015) In celebration of Black History Month, we collected many more stories from parishioners of all backgrounds on their experiences with race and racism. Read the collection.

  • Cracking the Codes (Jan 2016) Parishioners gathered to watch together the film Cracking the Codes and to participate in exercises to develop awareness of each of our own internalized racial superiority or inferiority.

  • Understanding Privilege (Apr–May 2016) This Adult Formation series included expert lectures and panels of presenters to unpack the meaning of privilege and how its invisible hand distorts our common life.

  • Black Lives Matter Reading Group (Aug 2016) This group read together and discussed Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me.

  • Outing to Cook County Jail (Feb 2017) Kara Smith, chief policy officer for the Cook County Jail, led parishioners on a tour of the jail and highlighted reform efforts underway there.